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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium Looks to Make a Splash

Families can “dive in” to a new experience with the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Splash and Bubbles: Dive In, Lend a Fin! opening May 15, 2021. The new exhibit is based on the popular PBS KIDS TV show Splash and Bubbles, a hit animated series that encourages children to explore ocean science and marine biology through character-driven comedy.

The series is co-produced by The Jim Henson Company and Herschend Entertainment Studios and created by The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum. The exhibition builds on kids’ connections to characters and their habitats, immersing them in a larger-than-life marine environment and introducing them to the incredible world of ocean exploration.

“The Magic House has proven they can create imaginative and immersive experiences for children,” said Wendy Scardino, Director of Marketing & Communications. “Both Once Upon a Time…Exploring the World of Fairy Tales and Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit, two recent exhibits we’ve brought to the River Museum, were also created by The Magic House. Children and families came back repeatedly to experience each of these exhibits, and we are excited to provide yet another high-impact experience.”

While exploring the early childhood STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) based exhibit, children will be encouraged to build both scientific inquiry and social-emotional skills as they learn how to protect the ocean and its ecosystems. Ocean conservation is a key message within the exhibit, encouraging families they can create “a small ripple to help our big ocean.”

“Splash and Bubbles is a wonderful tie-in to the conservation work our staff undertake daily, our focus on STEM education, and our mission to inspire stewardship,” continued Scardino.

Featuring a variety of hands-on exhibit components, Splash and Bubbles: Dive In, Lend a Fin! invites children to discover a whole new world as they navigate an under-the-sea maze in a kelp forest, explore a sunken ship that has become an artificial reef, interact with puppet characters created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, become a Reeftown Ranger to learn to protect the ocean, and more!

Splash and Bubbles: Dive In, Lend a Fin! is made possible thanks to generous support from Tim and Elizabeth Swank, Anna and Jim McKelvey and the Graybar Foundation. The exhibit is presented locally by MidWestOne Bank and sponsored by TH Media, the Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark, and KCRG-TV9.Splash and Bubbles: Dive In, Lend a Fin! will be at the River Museum May 15 through Sept. 19 and is free with admission.

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